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RNC begins anti-ACA offensive

Posted Mar 19, 2012 by William March

Updated Mar 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM

In response to President Barack Obama’s public relations offensive surrounding the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act—see story here —which Republicans slightingly call “Obamacare,” the Republican National Committee has announced its own PR effort against the act.

According to an RNC news release, it will include a five-figure television ad buy in states Obama is expected to visit—Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio—and events by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

An RNC memo about the offensive cites polling figures indicating the law isn’t popular nationwide and says it “may prove to be the single biggest contributor to his defeat in November.”

The Obama campaign, by comparison, is citing parts of the act that have been highly popular, including ending “pre-existing condition” coverage denials, partially closing the “doughnut hole” in prescription drug coverage for the elderly, requiring insurance policies to cover preventive care without co-pays, and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans until age 26.

Check here for a look at national polls on the issue from Polling Report.